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19989947
19989947
19989947

Missa Brevis

By Mark D. Templeton

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Choir, SATB
Composed by Mark D. Templeton. 21st Century, Sacred. 27 pages. Mark Templeton Choral Music #MTN0012. Published by Mark Templeton Choral Music (S0.24214).

Item Number: S0.24214

A seven movement mass for SATB chorus a cappella. The term Missa brevis translates as “short mass.” It is derived from the mass of the ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) but with some movements removed. Many composers from the renaissance to the modern era have composed settings of “short masses.” The nucleus of my setting, the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, is taken from the Missa XVII Adventus et Quadragesima (Mass for Advent and Lent – found on the following page). Each of these three movements includes an incipit (intoning chant) before each phrase mirroring the original chant. Regardless of differing performance practices, the diamond shaped notes of the incipits should be sung slightly faster than the round notes. All three movements contain changing meter but the measures have no written time signatures. This should help to visually create fluid chant-like phrases without always feeling a strong beat at the beginning of each measure.The bookends of the mass, Rex, Requiem and Bless, O Lord, Us Thy Servants are identical musically except for the Amen section of the latter. Both movements were composed in memory of a mentor and dear friend of mine, Dick Young. The text Rex, Requiem, originally titled Epitaphium Angilberti (The Epitaph of Angilbert), was written by Angilbert (c. 740-814) for his own headstone. I have substituted the name Angilberti for the Latin translation of Richard, Ricardus, to pay homage to my friend. Although this mass was not intended to be a requiem, the first movement lends itself to that genre. One can personalize the Rex, Requiem by replacing a different name as I did, or the movement can be omitted altogether.The Anglican-chant style of Psalm 23 and the anthem, A Prayer of St. Benedict, compliment the overall ethos of the mass. All the movements are quiet reflective settings that can be sung individually but are best performed together. This Missa Brevis is suited well for a liturgical service and equally for a concert performance. The vocal lines are fluid, and the ranges are conservative making this an easily accessible work. Your choir will thoroughly enjoy singing this reverent setting.Mark Templeton, born 1974, is an American choral composer, conductor, and countertenor. Templeton’s music has been performed across the world at various international festivals and ACDA conventions. Some of his music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and he has recently started to self-publish. He teaches and resides with his wife, Becca, at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Maryland, the oldest boarding school in the United States. He also enjoys coaching, playing, and watching soccer when he is not working. He is available for commission upon request.

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